May is the month when wisteria in bloom is on display and the views can be spectacular.
The ability to travel to faraway places to see phenomena you would never find at home is always a life-changing experience. But even if you don’t leave your desk, it’s possible to travel online. It’s not the same, of course. But it’s still a thrilling experience, one I enjoyed recently when I saw stunning photos of hanging purple flowers. I didn’t know exactly what they were or where they are from. Then, after a lot of clicking, I learned that there are wisteria gardens in various parts of the world and that May is when many of the blooms are at their very best. A wisteria display along an elegant stone path in Weinheim, Germany [top] offers a place to sit and take in the seasonal color. It makes me wonder whether wisteria have fragrance — if so, what a wonderful spot to sit and breathe in all the natural beauty of these weepers.
In the Japanese city of Kitakyushi, a festival is dedicated to the celebration of wisteria. This stunning tunnel, ablaze with its variegated color is a feature at the Kawachi Fujien where wisteria plants are dramatically trained on trellises of various shapes — this one in a tunnel shape. Like eggplants, wisteria seems to come in various colors. I never knew it could be white or that it would range from pale lavender to blue-violet. This being a home decor blog it might be more useful to provide a primer on growing wisteria. But, as a non-gardener, I really just enjoy the views.
(Source: pixdaus, tripadvisor)
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